A Super Worm Moon will light up the sky later this week

The Editors
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So far this year, we've seen some impressive lunar events, including February's full Snow Moon – and March is set to bring us another...

March's full Worm Moon, also known as the Crow Moon, Sap Moon and Lenten Moon, will appear on Sunday 28th March 2021, peaking at 19:48pm GMT. Typically the last full moon of the astronomical winter, this moon is linked to the start of spring, when earthworms surface and migrating birds return as the temperatures warm up.

Photo credit: Michael Munster - Getty Images
Photo credit: Michael Munster - Getty Images

It's set to be a spectacular sight as the Worm Moon is also a supermoon, which occurs when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth, making it appear larger and brighter in the sky.

The team at Royal Observatory Greenwich say: "Native Americans called this last full moon of winter the worm moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground. Other names include chaste moon, death moon, crust moon and sap moon, after the tapping of the maple trees."

Want to see the Super Worm Moon but not sure how? Make sure you head to an area with low light pollution levels, such as a garden spot away from street lights. Using a telescope will give you a much sharper view, so those lucky enough to own one should position it in the garden.

If you're planning some stargazing for 28th March, it's worth noting that the times above are correct for London. They can vary by up to about 30 minutes across the UK. And if you miss it? Find out more about the lunar events coming up in the months ahead.

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